The penultimate Stage of the Tour de Tall took me to the extreme north and south of Berlin on the hunt for the 7th to the 4th tallest structures of Berlin. The structures were all related to power generation – mainly stacks from natural gas power plants but also impressive wind turbines. This was a fantastic cycle in Berlin with ideal conditions.
The second Stage of the Tour de Tall was more zig-zagging across Berlin to visit the twelfth to the eighth tallest structures. More impressive stacks from power plants and an Eiffel Tower imitation .. I mean .. inspiration, plus a bonus spaceship.
The Tour de Tall consists of four separate Stages visiting the 17 highest structures in Berlin in ascending order. This first Stage zig-zagged through central Berlin to reach the five “shortest” structures – all stacks from different power plants. This was a lovely ride in the sun and I could even visit Nadja and the cats for lunch.
For the 10 year anniversary of when Nadja and I met, we hunted out some of the cherry blossoms around Berlin. We cycled through some lovely parks, and made it to the Kirschblütenallee (Cherry Blossom Avenue) on the site of the former Berlin Wall to enjoy this amazing area. Spring may finally be here!
Spring made a welcome return just in time for the final BRC Endspurt Meisterschaft route. A lovely sunny day cycling through nature reserves, forests and along waterways. Bonus visit to the Schloss Dammsmühle with an interesting CV and yet another foiled sabotage attempt!
BRC Endspurt Meisterschaft 20/21: Stage 5/6 – Zwischen Prärie und Potsdam / Between Prairie and Potsdam
The penultimate BRC Endspurt Meisterschaft route passed through the prairie landscape of the Döberitzer Heide, along canals where I raced against barges and through many lovely trails. Lots of wildlife spotting too plus some bike balancing acrobatics were needed to cross over a ditch. Thankfully my clumsy nature was hibernating.
BRC Endspurt Meisterschaft 20/21: Stage 4/6 – Durch die sozialistischen Ferienträume: Dubrow – Pätzer Hintersee / Through the Socialist Holiday Dreams: Dubrow – Pätzer Hintersee
The shortest of the BRC Endspurt Meisterschaft routes was the toughest one so far. Rooty trails, sandy paths and high blood glucose made for a very tough ride. At least the gorgeous lakes and spring weather made up for it.
BRC Endspurt Meisterschaft 20/21: Stage 3/6 – Berlins versteckter Südosten / Berlin’s Hidden Southeast
The next BRC Endspurt Meisterschaft route took me through pine forests, along the Oder-Spree-Kanal and over the river Dahme. Blood glucose fuelling just about paid off and I learned that my German sounds like Swiss-German when my blood glucose is low. Good to know.
BRC Endspurt Meisterschaft 20/21: Stage 2/6 – Dem Gamengrund auf den Grund gehen / Getting to the Bottom of the Gamengrund
With Flash fixed, I had another crack at the BRC Endspurt Meisterschaft route that was previously derailed. This time I successfully sped around lovely lakes and through dense forests despite my blood glucose being super-needy!
BRC Endspurt Meisterschaft 20/21: Aborted Stage 2/6 – Dem Gamengrund auf den Grund gehen / Getting to the bottom of the Gamengrund
My second attempt at one of the BRC Endspurt Meisterschaft routes was unfortunately a short lived one. One of the dangers of cycling through forests threw a spanner in the works aka a stick in the derailleur.